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pdp8/e, pdp8/m, and pdp8/f small computer handbook

This nice little handbook, published in 1973 by Digital Equipment Corporation, is a necessity if you have an old PDP-8/e

It is comprised of 10 chapters as follows:

  • chapter 1 -- pdp-8/e story
  • chapter 2 -- system introduction
    • pdp-8/a basic system
    • kk8-e central processing unit
    • m3800 major registers module
    • m8310 major registers control module
    • m8320 bus loads module
    • m8330 timing generator module
    • m849 rfi shield module
    • kc8-ea programmer's console
    • m8650 asynchronous data control module
    • memory system
    • interfacing
    • differences between the pdp-8/e and its predecessors
    • pdp-8/f and pdp-8/m
  • chapter 3 -- system operation
    • programmer's console operation
    • memory organization
    • memory and processor instructions
    • augmented instructions
    • group 1 microinstructions
    • group 2 microinstructions
    • group 3 microinstructions
    • instruction execution and timing
  • chapter 4 -- input/output operations
    • programmed data transfer
    • program interrupt transfers
    • data break transfers
  • chapter 5 -- processor options
    • mechanical expansion options
    • ke8-e extended arithmetic element
    • memory equipment options
    • real time clock options
    • kp8-e power fail detect
  • chapter 6 -- internal i/o options
    • console teleprinters
    • crt displays
    • x/y plotter options
    • line printer options
    • data communications equipment options
    • card reader options
    • rk8-e disk cartridge system
    • omnibus magnetic tape options
    • laboratory peripherals
    • db8-e interprocessor buffer
  • chapter 7 -- external i/o options
    • external bus interface control options
    • random access disk devices
    • magnetic tape options
    • data aquisition peripherals
    • vw01 writing tablet
    • fpp-12 floating point processor
    • data entry terminals
    • dw08-a i/o conversion panel
  • chapter 8 -- installation planning and delivery
    • pre-delivery planning and site preparation
    • temperature and humidity
    • factors affecting system reliability
    • extended operation under extreme conditions
    • electrical considerations
    • ac power facility installation and testing
  • chapter 9 -- the omnibus interfacing
    • introduction
    • section 1 omnibus description
    • section 2 how to choose the type of i/o transfer
    • section 3 designing basic programmed i/o interface control circuits
    • section 4 designing a basic data break interface
    • section 5 general design and construction guidelines
    • section 6 pdp-8/e interface hardware
  • chapter 10 -- i/o expansion techniques
    • section 1 positive i/o bus interfacing tecniques
    • section 2 omnibus interfacing using "off the shelf" modules

 

 
 
 

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